Famed Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz Provides Important Perspective on Kyle Rittenhouse Innocent Verdicts; Predicts What Teen’s Next Move Will Be

Noted Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz spoke about the verdicts in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse after jurors found him innocent of all five charges including two counts of murder Friday afternoon.

Newsmax recapped the case, noting: “Rittenhouse, 18, was charged with homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangering for killing two men and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle in the summer of 2020 during a tumultuous night of protests over the shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha police officer.”

And while the verdicts may have surprised some casual followers of the trial, anyone who followed it more closely was likely far less surprised, Dershowitz told Newsmax’s “John Bachman Now.”

“You had the main witness, the alleged victims say ‘he didn’t shoot me until I raised my gun and aimed at him,” the famed law professor said. “That really was the end of the case. It was the right verdict.”

That said, Dershowitz went on to say that no one should lionize the teen’s actions.

“He shouldn’t have come to Kenosha,” he said.

“He shouldn’t have brought his gun, but that was not the issue on the trial. The prosecution tried to make that the issue. But the issue was whether he had a right to be there, and was his life in danger,” he said.

“Was his welfare in danger when people came to him with fists and skateboards and aiming a gun? The answer to that seems clear, particularly when you have the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove the absence of self-defense.”

In the end, “it was the right verdict and it’s the American system of justice, working properly,” Dershowitz noted, however.

Newsmax added, “Reports that Rittenhouse had brought his gun across state lines were also incorrect, said Dershowitz, as the evidence showed that a friend bought it for Rittenhouse and he picked it up in Kenosha.”

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“The issue is, he wasn’t put on trial for crossing state lines and participating in a violent demonstration,” said the attorney-professor. “That wasn’t the charge. The charge was murder and attempted murder.”

Dershowitz went on to predict that Rittenhouse, who has likely been legally defamed by many media outlets, could sue but that he probably would not do so.

“He’s satisfied with the verdict,” he said. “He’s going to go on.”

Here is a smattering of responses from social media regarding the verdict: